The Gun is a weapon of murder. It, unlike many other weapons, was not the result of modifying a tool for heavy duty use. It was not the result of training and going beyond that training. It was designed to make the untrained footsoldier more devastating with less training. It was designed to remove the benefits of training from the opponent. As Martial artists took the gun into account and the military became more dependant on the gun, the weapon was improved in many different directions. Considerations of range and potential uses caused a wide range of guns to be developed.
I feel that it is mainly the belief that guns make hand to hand combat obsolete which has slowed down the development of martial techniques involving the gun. Many people have the belief that the gun is the ultimate weapon. You would think that the number of gun battles that result in none of the combatents being wounded even with hundreds of rounds being fired would change that. Even with the development of the .45, which was designed specifically to kill knife fighters, most people are so incompetant in its use that semi-automatics are now popular. And the fifteen round clip doesn't seem to make the dead bodies come in multiples of fifteen now does it. Is it devastating in trained hands? Yes it is, but how many people are trained to use it well? Why are the most effective examples of gun play stories of the suicidal or snipers? Well don't give up hope. There are (former?) mercenary groups who currently have week long seminars where they teach actual gun play. The skills of speed loading, Aiming under fire, nontraditional ways to hold and fire the gun, and hand to hand combat which uses the gun for more than an expensive club. While traditionally, all gun training in the military falls back on pike drills there is some development in hand to hand skills involving the gun from that quarter also. There isn't any advanced training using the gun in current Martial Training but there are people working on it.
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